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Dec 09 2010

NYIT Students Recognized For “Intrepid” Design

Team Alphabet Soup (left to right): Ryan Metz, Antonella Verderosa, Samuel Franck Nde Tene, Ben Alling, Zach Sanzo, Luke Ferland, Katerina Skiadas, Jobin George, Kevin Bruno, Dominic Tetro, Nicholas Zangiacomi

New York, N.Y. (Dec. 9, 2010) –
A nerve-wracking competition among six student teams finally came to a close on Dec. 7, 2010, when a panel of judges chose the winning design of an energy-efficient hangar for the historic U.S.S. Intrepid.

An interdisciplinary team of 11 students from New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) architecture, engineering, and various other academic programs walked away with the $3,000 grand prize and the honor of creating a permanent addition to the distinguished aircraft carrier, which was originally launched in 1943.

“Our team is extremely happy that the design is to become a piece of history on the U.S.S. Intrepid,” said Luke Ferland, senior education major and spokesperson for Alphabet Soup, the winning team. “Each member not only brought a different academic discipline to the process but also a unique voice and life experience that enabled us to strike a balance among architecture, engineering, and sustainability.”

The winning design, chosen by representatives of NYIT and the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, includes five descending tiers representing the five kamikaze attacks the vessel sustained throughout World War II. Working within a maximum projected budget of $1 million for materials and construction, the student design also features steel and glass structures that incorporate renewable energy through wind turbines and solar panels. In addition, the plan includes spaces to accommodate aircraft restoration, educational areas, and rental projects.

“Every team presented fabulous designs,” said Susan Maranoff, executive director of the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. “This competition profoundly embodied our mission to educate and inspire, and we truly have inspired each other.”

The NYIT team will begin working with museum staff and consultants in January 2011 on detailed construction plans. Alphabet Soup team members include Antonella Verderosa (West Hempstead, N.Y.); Ben Alling (Cromwell, Conn.); Dominic Tetro (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.); Katerina Skiadas (East Hills, N.Y.); Kevin Bruno (Bohemia, N.Y.); Jobin George (Westbury, N.Y.); Luke Ferland (Great River, N.Y.); Nicholas Zangiacomi (Larchmont, N.Y.); Ryan Metz (West Hempstead, N.Y.); Samuel Franck Nde Tene (Douala, Cameroon); and Zach Sanzo (New City, N.Y.).

Second-and third-place NYIT teams Alpha and Mu Xi, respectively, won $2,400 and $1,500 in prizes.

“Three months ago, we were thinking only about the possibility of designing a 21st-century green structure on the deck of this majestic aircraft carrier,” said Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “Being a part of this project is a testimony that ordinary students are up to extraordinary challenges if given the opportunity.”

“We are very proud of our students’ aspirations for excellence in design, and the U.S.S. Intrepid staff for working with them to achieve their goals,” said Judith DiMaio, dean of NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design. “The whole endeavor on the ship was a great experience for them.”

Sponsored by Ted Moudis Associates Architecture and Design as well as the Long Island Forum for Technology, the design competition was open to all NYIT students seeking interdisciplinary, real-world experience.

For more information about the competition, visit

Press Coverage

Old Westbury students win Intrepid design contest (Newsday video)
Winning design chosen in Intrepid competition (Newsday)
Hangar selected for Intrepid (Architect's Newspaper)
Winners in New York Photos of the Week (Wall Street Journal)
Larchmont native wins Intrepid Design Competition (The Journal News)
Native of Larchmont Has Won the Intrepid Design Competition (Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch)


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